Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Builder, part 2, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Narrator] In the last movie we added S_Effect onto a clip in our 6_1 sequence, and from there we entered into the Sapphire Effect Builder, where we added a film effect look and combined that with Sapphire's glow to get the look that you see here. In fact there's a bit of animation with the glow over the length of the clip, which makes this really cool. Now we're going to add to this even more. So, just keep in mind, you need to watch the Chapter 6_1 movie in order to follow along from here.
Under the Components section let's, first of all, grab a vignette. Just to let you know, there are vignettes within some of these effects, but I do want to have a kind of colored vignette, that's why I'm adding this independently. And I'll just add that underneath the Mountain Glow. I could've double-clicked as well, but this is looking pretty good. Now my workspace is getting a little tight, which we worked in last movie, and I'm just going to scroll down to get a little bit more space, and if you right click in the workspace, you can drag up this tree just to get a better overall view.
I'm going to select that vignette one that I just added. Over here on the Selection Parameters, I'm going to load a preset. I like the Vignette with Blur. I want to select that and load it into the system. And with the vignette still selected, go down to the Blur Amount and just enter a smaller value. So .15, I just don't want it to be as blurry. I could also just choose to play around with the Opacity of the vignette and maybe just reel in the width a bit. I'm thinking just in terms of the color, just to add a little bit of blue.
So I'm just going to go here to the kind of bluish-purple color and just make sure it's not pure black. Once I've done that, that's looking pretty good, and I'll just might type in the Vignette Mountain. As a final step I'm just going to come over to the Opacity and just bring that down a bit. The cool part about what we're doing so far is that this is the same way we've been working with Sapphire effects in Premiere. We're just doing it in Sapphire's own Effect Builder and creating our own cool effect. Now, last but not least, I do want to add this element called Shake.
And here I'm going to just double-click the effect. And it gets added to my tree. Right away this clip starts to shake. That's alright; I'm going to make a couple of adjustments. I'm going to go and load a preset, cause there's so many handy presets inside Sapphire as we've seen. I'm going to select the Earthquake, and rather than have it animate right here at the beginning, which is alright, I want it kind of halfway through the clip to start shaking. In order to do this, what we can do is actually affect the amplitude.
And as we saw in the previous movie, I animated the glow over a period of time. I want to do that with the amplitude of the shake. So I'm going to go into the animation graph, and I'm going to choose this graph here, which will animate it from a zero value to the amplitude value that's been entered. What we can see is that gradually over time it starts to shake, so it doesn't start shaking right away. Now this is exactly what I want. I actually do want the shake to start roughly three-quarters through the clip. And that's where these values down here come into play, and this is the end.
Right about here is three-quarters, and, just bring that back a little bit, and let's just watch our animation now. We can see that the shake only happens at the end. Now this is looking pretty good. I wouldn't mind scrolling down in the shake and start to play with the Channels of the shake. Just do a little separation between the red, the green, and the blue channel, so that when this does start to shake, there's almost like a little bit of color distortion added to it, to add to the intensity of what's going on in the mountains.
I am extremely happy with what we've built, and I'm just going to call this Shake Mountain. And, before we bring this over into Premiere, I want to minimize the amount of choice that my junior editor has for this effect. And the really cool thing about Builder is I can choose what they see. If I select the Mountain Look, right now these check marks represent that all of these parameters will come over into Premiere. I don't want that, so I'm going to deselect everything here at the top.
And the only thing that I really want to give them access to is the Scale CC and maybe Offset Darks. For the glow I'll click on that, scroll up to the top, deselect everything, and just give them control over the Brightness parameter and maybe the brightness, or the color of the glow. For the Vignette Mountain just going to repeat that step by deselecting everything here at the top, giving them the choice of the Color of the vignette, the Edge Softness as well as the Blur Amount. So the three main parameters of that.
And for the shake, you know, I don't really want them to have any control over the shake, so I'm just going to deselect everything, so when I press OK, and I now look at S_Effect, underneath it, this is the magic is that this now has the Mountain Look, the Mountain Glow, the vignette, as well as not including the shake here inside of Premiere Pro. So I've been able to create my own effect. With effects like this I like to save them to Sapphire's library, so as a final step, I'm going to come here to save this as a preset.
And I want to add some characteristics. This is going to help people search your effects browser in the future, so if anyone wants to select another or load a preset, they could search for it and find some of the characteristics that I'm applying here. Animated, as I scroll down, I've done some Color Correction. There is some Glowing. It is Extreme at the end; it's Energetic. Multicolored, and I think that's pretty good. I'm also playing with Time here. I want to make this as a favorite. I'm going to call it Film Look with Glow Vignette and Final Shake.
If I wanted to, I could also leave a description here. But notice all these characteristics are being copied over. And as we'll see later, the cool part about Sapphire is that if someone else is working on a different platform, like DaVinci Resolve, you could export this preset to a file and they can load it in there, so that they have this effect. But right now I'm just going to Save this, and that just makes sure that the hard work that I've just done has all been saved. And just to prove it to you, if I go here and load a preset, because I've marked this as a favorite, what I can see here is the Film Look that I just saved with that shake is located here as a favorite, easy for me to then apply onto other clips for later projects.
So hopefully this gave you a overview of how powerful S_Effect is, and you can start to make some of your own effects right away.
- Getting started with Sapphire
- Essential parameters
- Working with presets
- Adding transitions
- Creating photo-realistic lens flares
- Adding backgrounds and textures
- Building custom effects
- Working with Mocha